TAMPA, Fla. (BVM) – Rudolph Ingram, a.k.a. “Blaze,” is being compared as the next Tyreek Hill and Usain Bolt for his speed and talent on the track and football field. Ingram turns 11 years old next week on Aug. 12. It’s been nearly four years since he became the “fastest kid on the planet” at the age of 7, and life hasn’t slowed down for him since.
How Ingram earned title of “fastest kid on the planet”
Ingram, who is from the Tampa area, burst onto the national scene when a video of him running the 100-meter dash went viral in 2019. The then-7-year-old left all the other kids in the dust while practicing nearly perfect form from start to finish. A video of Ingram, who finished the race in a shocking 13.48-record time, broke ESPN’s record of 13.76 for 7 and 8-year-old boys in the event. A video of the race was posted to his personal YouTube page and can be viewed below.
But, is Ingram still the fastest kid?
In early 2022, the 10-year-old made a new personal record at a track meet. A video shows that he won the race after sprinting the 100m dash in 12.81 seconds. It’s a fast time, but he didn’t break the record for his age group.
It’ll be interesting to see how Ingram continues to perform. Although he’ll always hold the status of the fastest 7-year-old kid on record, he’ll have to continue to prove himself within his new age group as he turns 11 for the upcoming season.
What is Ingram’s 40-yard dash?
Although he could dominate on the professional track circuit, Ingram actually has dreams of becoming the best running back in football. He went viral again at 10 years old after a Whistle segment called, “I can do that,” The video, time-stamped at 2:54, shows him running the 40-yard dash in 4.21 seconds.
But, the internet reasonably wants to see some more proof first. That speed would beat some of the fastest recorded 40-yard dashes — even in NFL history.
Is Rudolph Ingram the next Tyreek Hill?
Ingram’s unofficial 40-yard dash would also mean that former Kansas City Chiefs star and current Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill has a slower dash at 4.29 seconds. It’s no wonder why Hill challenged Ingram to a race via social media in 2019. The race has yet to occur, but clearly, Hill just wants to see this speedster’s dash for himself.
Hill, also known as the “Cheetah,” is known in the NFL for his speed and quick maneuvers to get past defenders. The internet has taken notice that Ingram displays both speed and exceptional ability to play football.
“I took this move from [NFL QB Lamar Jackson],” Ingram wrote in a video post.
The video shows Ingram being too quick for anyone to catch.
The most recent video of him on his YouTube page, displayed below, shows Ingram’s ability to run with the ball while using his arm to defend.
Chances are he can jump to catch a ball pretty well too. A video shows the 10-year-old jumping nearly his own height with a 46-inch box jump. He can jump, he’s fast and another video shows him running the route and making catches.
Many NFL players have caught onto the talents of the football prodigy. Lamar Jackson retweeted a video of him on the field, he’s gotten the chance to be on the practice field with Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans, and he’s learned some football from NFL receiver DeSean Jackson.
Even LeBron James commented on Ingram’s talents on the field.
“He is shifty… the fact he was switching the ball to his other hand on his right side away from the defender is even more impressive,” reads James’ comment under a video of Ingram.
Ingram attracting attention from DI schools
Ingram has already been hanging out with some D1 players and coaches. He got the chance to be on the practice field with the Miami Hurricanes in early 2022.
“Stay consistent, stay focused and your dreams will come to you at 10 years old,” Ingram wrote in an Instagram post in July 2022. “These schools follow my journey and it’s overly appreciated.”
The post shows schools including Georgia, Miami and Florida State.
Although unclear, he’ll likely be a part of the Class of 2028 considering his age.
“I want at least three Heisman trophies and I want seven Super Bowl rings,” Ingram said during a July 2022 interview with Vice TV titled, “Running While Black.”
Rudolph Ingram outside of football and track
Ingram could possibly be a triple threat by the time he enters high school. He can hoop too, according to this post that shows him making a shot on the basketball court.
Aside from sports, he’s also a pocket-sized entrepreneur. His father is vocal on social media about making sure he sets his son up for success outside of sports. So, Ingram’s dad has made him a part owner of his company, BV5 Sports, which sells football equipment.
He’s also taken on the role of a social media star. Ingram isn’t shy when it comes to the camera and he’s even verified on Instagram with over 633,000 followers.